Just writing about nothing in particular
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 13, 2017 - 10:50am
Looking for the title and author of a short story I read. I recall reading this story in a Science fiction magazine like Analog or Asimov's. The story detailed a fast food restaurant that had an elaborate defense system to protect against robbers or mass shooters. The story either directly said or hinted that these types of attacks were so common that this restaurant defense system was nothing unusual. The story details an attack on the restaurant and the defense systems countering the attack. The story ends with the employee running the defense system dropping a micro-particle screen to protect the restaurant from gunfire. The attacker is hit by the screen and is killed. I believe I read the story around 20 years ago. I think story was written prior to Columbine. I am interested to look at the short story again and read it now that I am in a future world that has many similarities to the story. Problem is I cannot not remember title or author. Would appreciate if anyone has hints of what the story might be.
As I have asked around about this short story some people have suggested the book "Altered Carbon". That book has a scene where an automatic defense system operates in a hotel. I have read that book and I know why people are making the connection to my question but the item I am looking for is definitely a short story and not a novel.
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 6:26pm
Take a moment to think about the last time you visited the library. Did you visit to check out a book? Or to use the Internet?
It’s becoming more common to the visit for the latter — a 2009 study found that almost half of those living below the poverty line access the web via their local public library.
But, in the age of data collection by both federal agencies and private companies, some librarians say it’s increasingly difficult to maintain patron privacy and intellectual freedom.
From What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library? | Radio Boston
Submitted by StephenK on December 24, 2012 - 12:17am
This week's program episode falls on Christmas Eve. Except for the installment of Profile America for 24 December 2012, no formal content is presented. An episode of "GI Jive" is liberated from the virtual vaults of Archive.org for presentation as well as anthems of the various armed services. This constitutes the final regular episode of 2012.
NEXT WEEK the production team is taking part in the "Joint New Year's Eve Special" that will be airing on WBCQ The Planet at 7 PM Eastern/Midnight UTC with special guests such as the team behind the Ubuntu UK Podcast. The show will be a bit of a variety of content that will include Linux, dramatic readings, music, and a little library & information science. The radio broadcast will be released on the podcast feed after it concludes airing on WBCQ. As the broadcast is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License you are encouraged to record it off-air and re-distribute it online and on physical media. The producer at Erie Looking Productions, Gloria D. Kellat, is coordinating the air talent for this show.
Download here (MP3) (Ogg Vorbis), or subscribe to the podcast (MP3) to have episodes delivered to your media player. We suggest subscribing by way of a service like gpodder.net. Especially in light of unanticipated equipment destruction at our principal operations site this past week, gifts of replacement equipment identified here can be purchaed via Amazon and shipped to the crew for use.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 13, 2012 - 6:00pm
Submitted by StephenK on March 14, 2012 - 10:13pm
Programming will resume from Erie Looking Productions on March 19th barring any unforeseen disruptions. In the mean time, here is a raw track where engineer Mike Kellat performs What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor
MP3 direct download HERE
Submitted by StephenK on February 26, 2012 - 11:43pm
Due to intense file manipulation operations after a near-hit systems crash, programming will be released later in the day on or near 2300 UTC on Monday, February 27, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on May 20, 2011 - 10:49am
From the WSJ Digits blog
What can Foursquare tell us about how people live?
The location-based social network, which lets people “check in” to places using their mobile phones, has about 8 million users and is used more than 1.5 million times a day world-wide.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:26am
Essay in the NYT
Like all good independent bookstores, BookCourt in Brooklyn has a robust section of staff recommendations. There, nestled in with titles by Jennifer Egan, Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace, is “Other People We Married,” a collection of short stories by Emma Straub. A handwritten note taped to the wall below reads: “I wrote this book. Please buy it. I love you.”
Full essay here.
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on March 25, 2011 - 5:29pm
by Brenna Erlich on Mashable
"Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.
According to the OED‘s site, the newest edition of the dictionary (which comes out online today) revises more than 1,900 entries and includes a ton of new words — including the neologisms above....." Read the rest here
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on March 9, 2011 - 3:54pm
Not really library-related but in my experience, librarians tend to be cat lovers (don't flame me....I know not everyone loves cats -- I'm speaking generally and from _my_ experience.)
Here's a chance to turn your cat loving tendencies into a travel career that might pay more than your library job...(at least for a while) courtesy of Purina. Read all about it here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 10, 2011 - 6:40pm
Article about dust. Man with a 31,000 volume library is mentioned.
Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/garden/10dust.htm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 15, 2010 - 2:04am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 10, 2010 - 10:49am
With clocks being built into almost every digital gadget and machine, wristwatch sales have seen a decline in the past few years. But market analysts say the centuries-old time-telling tool is trying to make a comeback.
Wristwatch sales are actually on the rise this year, according to June Rhee, the fashion watch buyer for the Macy's department store chain.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 9, 2010 - 2:19am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 31, 2010 - 2:52pm
Submitted by Blake on October 29, 2010 - 12:05pm
The Desk Setup
Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 22, 2010 - 3:37pm
Making Ignorance Chic
Op-ed in the NYT by Maureen Dowd
Casanova’s rule for seduction was to tell a beautiful woman she was intelligent and an intelligent woman she was beautiful.
The false choice between intellectualism and sexuality in women has persisted through the ages. There was no more poignant victim of it than Marilyn Monroe.
Submitted by StephenK on July 5, 2010 - 9:55am
Here is a recording of some of our local fireworks in northeast Ohio seen last night:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 29, 2010 - 11:52am
Libraries and librarians are always dealing with some sort of crisis. I recently saw this and thought that other librarians might appreciate seeing it.
Wikipedia entry for Keep Calm and Carry on
Great variation on Keep Calm and Carry On
Another good variation